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The Scripture of the Founding Master

Chapter Eight: Buddhahood

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The Founding Master said, “If you see that your practice has reached its ultimate stage, there will be three types of penetrations. One is the numinous penetration where one clearly understands, without seeing, hearing, or thinking about them, transformations of the myriad things in heaven and earth and the retributions and responses of cause and effect in human beings throughout the three time-periods. Two is the penetration of the Way, where one becomes fully proficient in the great and small, being and nonbeing of heavenly creation, the right and wrong, benefit and harm of humanity. Three is the penetration of dharma, where one, having attained proficiency in the great and small, being and nonbeing of heavenly creation, elucidates the right and wrong, benefit and harm of humanity; it thus establishes the dharma that sentient beings over many generations can take as their mirror and model. Of these three, only the penetration of dharma cannot be attained without first achieving great, perfect, and right enlightenment.”